Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

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Location: 1202 Lexington Avenue #316 New York NY 10028 USA

Mission: 1.  OUR MISSION:  Enrichment Audio Resource Services, Inc. (E.A.R.S.) is a 501(c)(3) organization.  Our E.A.R.S. for Eyes program exists to provide free blind rehabilitation training to vision impaired older individuals so they can continue to live independently.  The major elements of the program are:  1) an extensive ongoing community outreach effort which primarily utilizes direct-to-senior presentations at senior centers, housing facilities, etc., 2) the use of audio taped lessons designed to retrain seniors to perform the normal daily living activities that have become extremely difficult due to vision loss, and 3) our toll free client support telephone center which does initial client intake and provides continuous client support. 2.  HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS:  The process is simple and unintimidating.  An individual hears of our program through our community outreach efforts, places a toll free call to our client support telephone center, a telephone interview is conducted by a vision counselor, and appropriate lessons are sent to the individual, free of charge.  Clients then receive follow-up telephone contact after receipt of lessons.  No face-to-face instruction is utilized in the training program.  This use of communication technology, combined with an extensive community outreach effort, is an innovative, effective, and cost-efficient way to provide blind rehabilitation training to a vast number of older individuals with vision impairments. 3.  THE NEED:  It is conservatively estimated by the National Center for Health Statistics that in the United States more than 7,840,000 individuals over the age of 55 suffer from severe vision impairment and blindness.  The most recent analysis by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired estimates that less than 4% of vision impaired seniors who need blind rehabilitation training actually receive such training.  Therefore, only 300,000 of the almost 8 million vision impaired seniors in the U.S. are receiving blind rehabilitation training, leaving more than 96% or, 7,540,000 seniors without the benefit of training. 4.  THE AUDIO TAPED LESSONS:  There are twelve lessons which cover basic daily living skills such as cooking, eating without embarrassment, safely getting around your home, managing your medications, personal grooming and bathroom safety, using the telephone, etc.  The audio taped lessons are designed to be used in the home with the aid of a sighted helper, like a family member, neighbor or community volunteer.  There is no designation of legal blindness required, and all of our services are free.
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EIN 13-4026833
800-843-6816
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My husband has macular degeneration and it got to the point where he could not see enough to read even with a magnifying glass. We found out about getting these tapes when we went to buy a CCTV. They mentioned that we could get all kinds of helpful information from this organization and he gave us their number. We called and the person we talked to was very understanding of our siituation. She told us that everything was free and sent us several cassettes. They showed my husband all kids of tricks and techniques to do things that he was having trouble doing due to his vision loss. One of the tapes we got told him how to use the stove by putting marks on the dials and other safety tips. He can now fix soup and warm things up by himself. My husband is an Army Veteran and has always had alot of trouble doing things on his own. The information we got from the EARS program has helped him to get back to doing some things he likes despite his bad eye condition.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their helpful staff.

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One time

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2009-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have been living alone since my wife died 11 years ago. When I found out that I was loosing my vision due to macular degeneration I was so worried! I thought I was going to have to go live with one of my children. A friend of mine who goes to the VA told me he heard about a program that gives tapes that will help me to continue to live on my own. He gave the the phone number for the EARS program. I called and talked with one of the staff who were very encouraging. They then sent me cassettes that taught me how to house clean and organize my things. It was great! They then sent me some others that told me how to use proper lighting and ways to keep my pills in order. I can now do many things that I thought I would never be able to do with the vision loss. I am still living alone and am doing very well. This is a wonderful service they provide and most of all, It is free of charge.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They helped me to continue to live on my own.

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One time

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2009-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

EARS for EYES provides low cost, high efficiency vision rehabilitation services for veterans (and others) who have lost or are losing their vision. The service is free to the client. The two founders are highly motivated individuals with a tremendous sense of purpose. The service they provide enables people from all over the U.S. to access vision rehab services, (daily living skills instruction) enabling the individual to remain living independently despite vision loss.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the founders and watching them start up the service -- from the beginning stages of research thru to development/production/distribution of the final product. They deliver quality vision rehab services in a very cost efficient, timely manner.

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About every six months

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2010-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

EARS is a top notch, very efficiently run organization. The staff really is very caring and concerned for all they assist. There tapes are very professionally done and do the job they were created for. Their website is very easy to use and has a database of thousands of resources for their clients. I hope they stay around for many years to come. Its not easy to do what they are doing, it requires lots of knowledge and continuing education. EARS is an incredible feat. I am sure there are many people who feel the same way.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The professionalism!

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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